Tavor rifles slung over their shoulders, groups of young IDF recruits wander through Tel Aviv’s Israel Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Centre. It is the day Israel marks the 20th anniversary of the former prime minister’s assassination, but — save for their weaponry and uniforms — these teenagers still resemble the pupils they so recently were, on a school visit.
Given the concerns that we hear today about antisemitism and anti-Zionism on university campuses, it is worth remembering that there was a time when Jewish student societies were banned outright in some students' unions.
"Where are you going to live out the end your life?" This isn't really a topic that many of us would like to discuss at dinner parties or social functions but it should be an issue that we are all thinking about.
When Tim Farron told the London Evening Standard that a number of Labour MPs who had been in touch with him were deeply distressed by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as their leader, the paper quickly jumped to the conclusion that he was anticipating defections.
Last week, I joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing a new network promoting co-existence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.
Lisa Jardine had a gift for making sense of other people’s lives. Some of those people were famous figures from the past (including Bacon, Wren, Hooke and Erasmus) but most were, like myself, humble students who were lucky enough to attend her lectures, and avid readers or listeners who came to know her distinctive voice on the page or over the airwaves.
The great Jewish historians have generally been blessed with long lives. Salo Baron died at the age of 94; Simon Dubnow (at the hands of the Nazis) at 81; Gershom Scholem at 84. So shock at the death of David Cesarani is compounded by his comparative youth: he was just 58.
Britain has thousands upon thousands of criminal laws on its statute books. Not all of them are obvious and some quite trivial - for instance, you can be prosecuted for queue-jumping, for knocking on someone's door and then running off, even for shaking your carpet or mat in public.